Another well-attended meeting of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership’s Rail Partner Group has heard positive news about local plans to promote railfreight.

During the meeting, held at the Great North Museum on 26th November, the Group were updated on the proposals to re-open the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line to passenger services, improving links between south-east Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.  As well as providing new passenger services, the scheme could also provide scope for increased freight demand at the Port of Blyth.

 Aecom Regional Director Geoff Clarke outlined details of current developments in the railfreight market and there was a fasinating presentation by UK Coal about their current rail interests and future aspirations.

The meeting was kindly facilitated by Newrail, the University of Newcastle’s dedicated railway research centre.   Dr Marin Marinov, Newrail’s Rail Education Group Manager, explained that they are keen to collaborate with the railway industry and local authorities on relevant student research topics.

These are exciting times for railfreight so, if you want to find out more, please visit the Partnership’s website or come along to our next Rail Partner Group meeting, on 20th May 2014 (venue to be confirmed).  Before that, there is a full Partnership meeting on 4th December, at the Tyne and Wear UTMC Centre (Stephenson Building, University of Newcastle).

Railfreight meeting

Dr Marinov with Partnership Chair John Bourn